Geneva Gallery: 2012 Mazda5

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

The Mazda5 has long been an under-considered little MPV, competing in a niche that only the aging Kia Rondo dare set foot in. Mazda’s solution to weak sales: overwrought, tacked-on styling flair. But let’s face it: until a major brand brings competition into the compact MPV segment (which will likely first occur when Ford brings its C-Max stateside), the Mazda5 will continue to wander the deserts of weak consideration.

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  • Sfdennis1 Sfdennis1 on Mar 04, 2010

    Seriously, those 'waves' in the middle of the passenger and sliding doors are a joke, right? I mean, the evil clown grin I can live with, the droopy rear is no worse to me than than the Mercedes G-class minivan...but add in the waves and it's all too much. I'm a Mazda fan, and a Miata owner, but am sick and tired of all the eyeball-searing assaults directed at me while driving lately... hope the Acura TL, Mazda 5, The Honda Crosstour, the Juke, and every other atrocity lose millions for their respective manufacturers...NO BAILOUTS FOR THESE MONSTOSITIES...enough is's like friggin 1958-59 again, auto design has gone off the deep end...these abominations MAY look cool 40 years from now, like some 58-59's do now, but right now it's all too much to take. Ford gets props (Lincoln MKT excepted) for overall attractive styling/design..hell, even GM is releasing beauties compared to this's hoping they survive.

    • Martin Schwoerer Martin Schwoerer on Mar 04, 2010

      "Evil clown grin", "it's like friggin 1958-59 again": lol! With your permission, I'd like to use those phrases in one of my next pieces -- they're too good to waste!

  • Shaker Shaker on Mar 04, 2010

    Mazda needs to upgrade their drivetrains and stop re-skinning smiley faces onto cars that were great, but are facing mechanical obsolescence.

  • Bob65688581 We bought zillions of German cars, despite knowing about WWII slave labor. Refusing to buy something for ideological reasons is foolish.Both the US and the EU have imposed tariffs, so the playing field is level. I'll buy the best price/quality, regardless of nationality.Another interesting question would be "Would you buy one of the many new European moderate-price EVs?" but of course they aren't sold here.Third interesting question: "Why won't Stellantis sell its best products in America?"
  • Freshblather No. Worried there will be malicious executable code built into the cars motherboard that could disable the Chinese cars in the event of hostilities between the west and China.
  • Bd2 Absolutely not - do not want to support a fascist, totalitarian regime.
  • SCE to AUX The original Capri was beautiful. The abomination from the 90s was no Capri, and neither is this.It looks good, but too similar to a Polestar. And what's with the whacked price?
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.